In a few days, I will be doing my nurse-bullying seminar near Los Angeles California.  The location is great for me because my family lives in southern California. I get chance to visit and get out of the cold weather in Pittsburgh (where I live)!  When I visit, I try to attend church services with my sister. I always feel great when the service is over because everyone is so nurturing and supportive – hugging, smiling and being nice to one another. It always gives me hope in the ability of humans to be kind.

During the service, I was a bit distracted because I kept thinking about my upcoming bullying seminar. But when the pastor said that he was going to read the most famous scripture recited at almost every single wedding, he immediately caught my attention. I wanted to find out which one it was.
As soon as he started to read, I knew it immediately and so will you. It’s Corinthians 13:4
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always preserves.”
As he read the scripture to us, I immediately thought about nurse bullying. What if I changed the word LOVE to NURSING? How would this apply to nursing? Let’s see:
NURSINGis patient, NURSING is kind. NURSING does not envy, NURSINGdoes not boast, NURSING is not proud. NURSING does not dishonor others, NURSING is not self-seeking, NURSINGis not easily angered, NURSING keeps no record of wrongs. NURSING does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. NURSING always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always preserves.”
Think about how our profession and our environments would change if we all abided by this passage. We would end nurse bullying in a New York minute!
I’m asking each and every one of us to adopt this as a mantra – as a promise to treat each other just like a bride and groom treat each other during their first few moments together as man and wife. We can end nurse bullying – I know it!
Please demonstrate your commitment to abiding by this passage by commenting, “I do”.  Together, we can create world where nurse bullying doesn’t exist.
Thanks so much for reading. I hope you and all 3.1 million nurses say, “I do”.
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